A natural path to peace and contentment
I have always been interested in the the big questions of our existence, like, Where do we come from, Is there a creator, and of course, Who am I. Naturally I spent many years piecing together vague ideas in my quest for answers. Discovering Yoga and Meditation was a huge and awesome gift in that it provided a roadmap that I could follow. I hope that by offering this gift to others I may be a positive force in the universe. May all beings be happy.
I started getting serious about Yoga and Meditation around 2007. Having had an intense desire to know the Truth, I set out on an awesome journey around the world to see for myself if anything was out there worth learning. To my great suprise I found myself in a 10 day meditation retreat with a few weeks of setting out. This really was the first introduction to what it means to really meditate. This experience has come to be like a major marker in my life journey. Never before had I made such a committed effort to penetrate to the depth of the mind. From this experience I went on to study and practice in India and back home in San Luis Obispo California.
I undertook teacher training in 2011 with Malachi Melville of Yoga Works at the Yoga Centre, SLO. This is what finally got me into the classroom so I could begin to offer my experience to others.
Bloom is a holistic approach to the miraculous and perplexing issues of human existence. It is a naturalistic philosophy that draws from many world traditions such as Buddhism, Indian Yogic Science, Christianity, Scientific Inquiry, Mythology, Psychology.
Its roots extend back to the Satya Yuga, when the process of enlightenment was considered a natural phenomenon, an outgrowth of our natural development. This approach to yoga has always been known as Sahaja School of Yoga, or natural path, common also to Taoism and other early wisdom traditions, a family of yoga traditions that seek to achieve realization through the direct perception of reality as it is, without struggle. Only in Kali Yuga, the age of darkness or Iron Age, is it considered necessary to struggle to achieve the goal of liberation. So as we are emerging from the darkness of Kali Yuga it is only natural that the Sahaja school of Yoga has reemerged.
The core practice of Bloom Yoga is direct perception through Spacious Awareness, a natural state of mind that lies beneath all distraction and temporary phenomenon. Spacious Awareness can be described as an elegant balance of direct perception of what is arising, awareness, and a spacious acceptance of experience as a passing phenomenon, non-attachment. When we continue in the practice of viewing life through the primordial lens of Spacious Awareness, our entire experience moment by moment, unfolds naturally and gently. After some time the body mind and heart become harmonized and we penetrate deeper into our inner experience, discovering a deep well of peace that is our original nature. This process is entirely natural, we need only take the time to begin, and then to continue with determination and compassion for ourselves and for the suffering of others.
In the Bloom approach we can include any supportive practice such as yoga asana, seated meditation, prayer and devotional practices, service to others, hard work to support our community, studying literature and scripture, reflecting on past, scientific inquiry into the nature of our body and mind, ride a bike, play with family and friends, etc. We can do whatever we want, as long as we do it with Spacious Awareness, and it will naturally take us to the goal of Self Realization.
Bloom Yoga is based on the idea that our unfolding is an entirely natural process. We are designed to evolve, we are designed to bloom. So all we really need to do is accept this idea into our hearts and minds and begin to practice. All the resources we need are right in front of us. We can use the everyday material, everyday experiences to learn and grow. There is always a hidden lesson in every experience. All we need to do is take the time to observe, listen, learn, and evolve.